Religion briefs, June 17

Gospel singing set for tonight

Gospel singing featuring the Smith Family is planned for 6 p.m. today at Adams Township Freewill Baptist Church, 6901 TR 190, Green Springs.

Grace Baptist Church plans Bible school for July 10-14

Grace Baptist Church, 161 N. SR 101, is to host vacation Bible school 6-9 p.m. July 10-14.

Children from age four through sixth grade can experience the universe through “Galactic Starveyors.” Registration is to start at 5:30 p.m. each day. Themed nights are planned, starting with school colors night July 10.

For more information or to register, call the church at (419) 448-7777.

University changes team name from Crusaders to Golden Wolves

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania has dropped the Crusaders for the Golden Wolves.

Alvernia University in Reading announced the name change Thursday for its teams.

The school said on its website the change wasn’t prompted by a desire to be politically correct but to create a stronger tie to its patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

The school said Francis of Assisi turned away from the medieval religious wars the Crusades and traveled to Egypt in an unsuccessful attempt to convert the sultan and end the fighting.

The new name also references the story of St. Francis taming a wolf that had terrorized a city.

Secretary of 2 popes sheds light on their daily lives

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II discussed stepping down as pope with his aides but was advised against it in the interest of the Catholic Church, his former secretary said in a book recently published in the pope’s native Poland.

A book of interviews with the Polish Rev. Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, “Secretary of Two Popes,” released last month, has offered some insight into the daily life at the Vatican with John Paul and his German-born successor, Benedict XVI.

While the book said both pontiffs spent much of their days praying, it pointed out the contrast between gregarious John Paul, who would invite aides and friends to morning Masses and to debates at the table, and Benedict, who liked to “eat in peace” and spent his free time playing the piano.